Camp Kerry Society Board of Directors

Bob Kirstiuk

Bob Kirstiuk

Chairman Emeritus

Bob lost his wife “Kerry” after a battle with cancer when she was at the young age of 32 and left Bob with 2 wonderful children, Avery and Hudson that were 3 and 1 years old at the time of her passing. Bob requested that donations from Kerry’s celebration of life service go towards a family bereavement program that Dr. Heather Mohan was running at the time. Heather approached Bob with the idea of having a bereavement program for young families that had lost a loved one and suggested the program be named after Bob’s late wife Kerry. Bob has been President of Camp Kerry Society since its inception and is a huge supporter of the valuable work and contributions this unique bereavement program offers in the communities it serves.

Bob met Nickole 2 years later and she is now Bob’s wife and mother to Avery and Hudson. Nickole is a huge contributor to Camp Kerry and is involved with many of its fundraising initiatives.

Shortly after graduating from UBC with a Commerce degree, Bob co-founded his company, Advantage Parts Solutions in 1988, which currently operates across Canada, the US and the UK. He is also an active member of Young Presidents Organization.

Steve Kirstiuk

Steve Kirstiuk

President

Steve joined Advantage Parts Solutions in February of 2003 as the CFO responsible for Finance and Accounting, HR and Administration. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School and holds a MBA with concentration in Finance and International Business. At Advantage currently he has assumed responsibility for the US Operation consisting of 50 markets across 25 states, with a focus on driving top line revenue and profitability.

Steve became President of the Board in the spring of 2017 and has been connected to Camp Kerry since its inception. He has seen the positive impact that the Camp Kerry community has had on the lives of so many over these 10 plus years.

Steve lives in Surrey with his wife Claire. Steve and Claire have two young adults Jaclyn and Robert who have very active lives in Halifax and Vancouver respectively.

 

Doug Allan

Doug Allan

Vice President

Doug Allan, Vice-President and a member of the Board since 2014, has attended Camp Kerry BC for several years with his daughter, Cassy. Initially, it was for coping with the loss of his wife, Cassy’s mother, and after that it has been as a Peer Mentor Family supporting others through similar ordeals.

Doug is focused on assisting organizations and individuals achieve success with Camp Kerry, just like he does in his management consulting practice.

Martin McNish

Martin McNish

Treasurer

Martin is a CFA Charterholder and an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager at Odlum Brown Limited. He has been a member of the Board since 2015, and has been involved with Camp Kerry as a volunteer since 2008.

Martin also serves on the board of Silver Harbour Centre and is the Founder of 100 Men Who Give a Damn – Vancouver. In his spare time, he teaches finance classes and is typically training for a marathon.

Sharon Norris

Sharon Norris

Secretary

Sharon joined our board in the spring of 2017. As the Director, Talent, Diversity and Inclusion at Vancity Credit Union, Sharon brings leadership and human resources experience to Camp Kerry’s board of directors.

Sharon was inspired by “Kerry’s story” as a new mother herself, and was drawn to Camp Kerry’s commitment to serving children, youth and families impacted by grief and loss. Sharon currently lives in North Vancouver with her husband Steve and young son; where they enjoy the mountains in the winter and fishing in the summer.

Michael Lapczynski

Michael Lapczynski

Director

Michael has been volunteering with Camp Kerry since 2013, and joined the Board of Directors in 2014, currently serving as a Director. He has a background in finance and wealth management, holding the Chartered Strategic Wealth Professional designation, while working at a large chartered banking institution.

Michael feels a strong connection with Camp Kerry Society and enjoys giving back by sharing his experiences with loss and helping with various youth group retreats.

Melissa Lapczynski

Melissa Lapczynski

Director

Melissa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works with children, youth and families to provide mental health counselling services throughout various communities in the South Okanagan.

She has been involved with Camp Kerry since 2010 and has been a Board Member since 2013. She is passionate about the unique Camp Kerry model and supporting grieving families, walking alongside them during their grief journey.

Michael (Mick) McAllister

Michael (Mick) McAllister

Director

Michael McAllister is a partner in the law firm Murdy & McAllister. He has practiced law with Murdy & McAllister exclusively on behalf of local government in British Columbia since beginning his legal career in 1988. Prior to his legal career, Michael was a social worker for 10 years. While Michael works in Vancouver, his home is on Saltspring Island. Michael is married to Lisa Spitale and has two step-sons, Joshua and Liam.